2015 Excellence in Advising Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award winners

Dr. Mark Carey and Katie Heidt were recognized at the second annual University of Oregon Excellence in Advising Awards. The awards, which were given during a reception and breakfast on May 28th, recognize and celebrate the positive impact of exceptional undergraduate advising and mentoring on the student educational experience. The awards were a collaboration between the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  More than 200 nominations and 54 applications were received, demonstrating a commitment to high quality undergraduate advising and mentoring across our campus.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mark Carey, Associate Dean, Associate Professor of History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

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Dr. Mark Carey specializes in environmental history and the history of science. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis, and held a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Geography department at the University of California, Berkeley.  As Associate Dean of the Clark Honors College and an Associate Professor of History, Mark works with students as a professor, thesis advisor, and administrator.  Dr. Carey’s exceptional mentoring is evident through the Glacier Lab, which he designed to “train students in research skills, and give them professional experience disseminating research results.”  Not only does Dr. Carey directly mentor undergraduate students through their thesis work, but he also routinely advises students, oversees the CHIP (Clark Honors Introductory Program) program, and teaches a professional development series to Clark Honors College students.  The Glacier Lab and other mentoring he provides truly enriches the undergraduate education of many students. His nominees note that he pushes students towards excellence with his own belief in their ability to produce and contribute meaningful academic work. One of Mark’s nominees explained that “his commitment to his students and their success is unwavering, and his high expectations truly motivate students to do their best work.  He has been a kind and supportive advising figure who has helped me overcome whatever obstacles are in my path, whether real or self-invented.”

Outstanding Professional Advising Award – Katie Heidt, Academic Advisor, Student Support Services, Teaching and Learning Center

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Katie Heidt served as an advisor at Oregon State University within College Student Services, where she also earned her Master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology.  In 2009, she joined the the University of Oregon as an advisor for Student Support Services (TRiO), which serves non-traditional students, especially those from low-income, first generation backgrounds. Ms. Heidt’s nominees noted her reliable expertise as an academic advisor, financial-aid knowledge, and caring approach, which are appreciated by both colleagues and students. Ms. Heidt views each advising interaction as an opportunity to foster someone else’s successes and learn about the individuality of students, believing they can earn their college degrees no matter the obstacles. Her ability to see and appreciate the whole student immediately stood out. This approach has allowed Ms. Heidt to have a deep and lasting impact on many students’ lives.  One nominee explained, “What sets Katie apart from many advisors I have met is her heart and passion for her career. She goes above and beyond what is expected of an advisor by providing insightful advice and strong words of encouragement.” Another nominee summarized Ms. Heidt’s impact succinctly, “Without Katie, I would not be where I am today.” Her impact epitomizes excellent advising.